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Bangalore, May 12: Karnataka Government has decided to implement a "Kannada Ganga" drinking water project on a pilot basis in two drought-prone districts of Bijapur and Chitradurga from August.
Minister for Urban Development, S. Suresh Kumar told press persons here on Monday that the detailed project report on the scheme would be ready by next month and the project would be launched in August. The scheme aimed to supply drinking water from surface water sources such as tanks, ponds, rivers.
He said the drinking water problem in towns and cities was common during the summer and officials of the Karnataka Urban Water Supply and Drainage Board (KUWSDB) have been told to drill bore wells wherever it required to tackle the drinking water crisis.
A decision has been taken to extend 24/7 drinking water supply scheme to all wards of Hubli-Dharwad, Belgaum and Gulbarga city corporations, and work on the scheme would be commence in a couple of months. Now, the scheme has been successfully implemented on a pilot basis in eight wards of three corporations and the Department has decided to cover all wards in three corporations, which would solve the water problem, in three corporations, the Minister said.
The Minister said there was no proposal before the government on selling or auctioning of civic amenity (CA) sites. He said formation of new layouts in jurisdictions urban development authorities was a Herculean task.
The land acquisition was a major problem for developing layouts and sites. The department has proposed to grant 40 percent of the developed land to those from whom authorities acquired lands for formation of layouts and commercial complexes.
The minister ruled out the misuse of the Karnataka Organised Crimes Act (KOCA) of 2000, he said the Bill pertained to the Act was introduced in the State legislature session held last January in Belguam. The Cabinet had decided to promulgate an Ordinance to amend the Act, since it would deal only with the act of terrorism, there was no scope for misusing of the Act, he said.